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A friend of ReadUP and IBM employee, Jennifer Macdonald, has made a generous donation to ReadUP, which IBM has matched. Thank you, Jennifer, and thank you IBM! The funds will be used to buy books for our programs, and we sincerely appreciate the support. Many children will benefit from your generosity.

Jennifer’s two children attended our club at Duke of Connaught when it first launched, and Jennifer has remained a loyal friend of the program ever since―even sending her son to deliver a lovely bunch of chapter books for us to use in our club at Duke. Thanks for remembering us, Jennifer, after all these years.

ReadUP’s founder, Sheilah Currie, was honoured to receive an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for her work with Red Door Family Shelter. Also receiving an award was Sheila Spencer, a longtime Red Door volunteer who helps with the ReadUP club at that centre as well. The two Sheila(h)s had a grand time at the event and were grateful to have been nominated by the wonderful staff at Red Door. Thank you. The work you do to support families at Red Door is so important and it is a pleasure to help in any small way to make the lives of these children better.

Sheila Spencer, Sheilah Currie & Vinyse Barber of Red Door

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For the second time, ReadUP has been chosen as a grant recipient by the Gerry Egan Children’s Charity. After a long illness, Gerry passed away this winter. Our condolences to his wife, Carol McPherson, and to all of the Egan/McPherson family for their loss. Gerry’s dream of leaving a legacy to help children will be realized through ReadUP’s work in supporting children as they learn to read. From the many ReadUP participants and volunteers, we extend our sincere thanks to Gerry’s family for their generous donation. They are making a tangible difference in children’s lives, just as Gerry intended.

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Congratulations to ReadUP participant Rediet Mulugeta! She is the winner of two sets of the nominated titles for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, to be donated to her school library. The contest was part of our Eastview club’s involvement with the TD Kids Book Club in collaboration with CBC Books. The children were challenged to draw a picture and/or write to say what they liked about reading.

We received many wonderful entries. Here are a few more:

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Great news! We will launch a new ReadUP club in the Regent Park neighbourhood. The club will take place weekly on Wednesdays in the library of Nelson Mandela Park Public School starting in April 2016. Stay tuned! We’re looking forward to meeting the local families and reading with the kids.

 

Our thanks to a team of wonderful people from the legal department of Cadillac Fairview, who came to Sheilah’s home to help sort books, then headed over to our Roden/Equinox club to read with the kids. This was an enormous help and proves the adage that many hands make light work. Special thanks to Shirley Dubois from Cadillac Fairview, who organized this philanthropic afternoon. To top it off, the team presented a cheque to ReadUP—a very generous donation that will help us to purchase books for a new club. Thanks Cadillac Fairview!

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We were very lucky to have a team of Scotiabank employees volunteer at our Roden/Equinox ReadUP club on October 6. What a treat! This after-school club is busy, with lots of young children who are eager to show off their skills by reading to the volunteers. It was a delight to have the Scotiabank employees helping out with energy and enthusiasm—truly a special day for the kids and their parents.

Thanks Scotiabank for your commitment to the community. We really appreciate it, and you are welcome to come back and read with the kids any time!

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Great news! ReadUP’s Eastview club has been chosen to partner with CBC Books & the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for Toronto’s TD Kids Book Club. The nominated book that we will read is:
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, written by Christine Baldacchino and illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant.

The Eastview families will read the book, then attend an event at Eastview later this fall to meet the author.

Thanks for thinking of us, CBC Books!

For the second time, ReadUP will receive funding from Alterna Savings through its Community Grants Program. This program assists local organizations that provide support in the focus area of Learning and Education. Thank you to the Alterna Savings team for your ongoing and generous support! It is much appreciated. The funds will be used to buy books for a new ReadUP club. Many children will benefit as a result of your dedication to the community.

ReadUP has received several donations lately in celebration of summer weddings. Thank you! Your gifts will be used for the purchase of books and will go a long way toward helping children with their reading acquisition. We wish all of the newlyweds happiness in their lives together.

Our friends, Karen and Michael, have generously donated to ReadUP in celebration of their marriage. Our thanks and best wishes.

    Wedding date: June 27, 2015

Our Director, Maureen Kenny, has donated funds in celebration of 3 weddings. Thanks for all you do, Maureen, and all the best to the newlyweds.

    Danielle DuBois & Ryan Barber         Wedding date: May 29, 2015

    Gillian Paul & Dan Curtis                   Wedding date: June 5, 2015

    Anna Holland & Patrick Arbour         Wedding date: June 13, 2015

And finally, Teri Studholme has made a generous donation to celebrate the marriage of Joan & Mark. Thank you Teri. You rock.

     Joan Ashdown & Mark Eberhardt     Wedding date: July 18, 2015

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